Naturalle Drea’s Skincare Tips

Along with being asked about my hair and makeup, I get asked about my skincare routine. Of course black don’t crack but you still have to take care of it. Skincare is something I will spend my coins on if it helps with anti aging, moisture and brightness.

I have combination skin, an oily T-zone and everywhere else is normal for the most part. My skin tends to be drier in the colder seasons and pretty oily when it is warm outside. My skin can be very funny with certain skincare products. I normally can’t stick to one products because my skin will randomly breakout or act crazy. I’m not skincare expert but these tips I am about to share have helped my maintain my skin looking radiant and healthy.

Drink Plenty of Water

I know that this one is debatable but I believe in this one. I used to hate drinking water because it had no taste and I didn’t like to when I was younger lol. I have noticed a big difference in the way my skin looks when I started to drink more water. I normally drink 2 liters of water a day and constantly running to the bathroom lol. I know some people who drink a gallon a day, it is all your preference. I purchased this bottle from Amazon and I love it because I can infuse my water to make it more interesting. I fill the bottle up twice during the day. You can catch me normally drinking lemon water or some other combo.

Washing Your Face Morning and Night

I know some people who only wash their face in the morning and just go to bed at night. You are out all day in the environment, probably touching your face more than once, you wear makeup, if you talk on the phone most of the day, you have that receiver to your face all day and so on. You need to wash the day off basically lol especially if you wear makeup like myself.

**Lazy Tip, if you are like me and dread washing the makeup off at the end of the night, use a makeup remover wipe (I love the ones by Alcone or Neutrogena) to take off the makeup and then use a micellar water (I love the ones by Garnier and Urban Hydration) to cleanse the rest of your face. You are removing the makeup and dirt off of your face at least before going to bed.**

Also another tip is to dry your face off with a clean towel or paper towel. I was guilty of drying off my face with the towel I use for my body and couldn’t figure out why my skin was breaking out and not clearing up. You need to use something clean to dry your face or you can just let it air dry.

SPF, SPF, SPF

You really have to protect your skin, especially from the sun. You have to protect to all the time because you only get one. You want to look for a moisturizer with SPF or one to apply under your moisturizer. I am currently using this moisturizer by Neutrogena which contains and SPF. If you use any other SPF please let me know.

Treat Your Skin, Exfoliate and Masks

Besides washing your face twice a day, you need to treat your skin as well. I try to exfoliate my skin at least twice a week and use masks once a week. Exfoliating your skin helps to remove the dead skin and masks have a lot of amazing benefits such as hydration, brightening, pore minimizing and so much more. Here are a few of of my favorites.

Keep Your Routine Simple

I thought I had to use all these products and do all these skincare steps for flawless skin. I was using cleanser, toner, essence, eye cream, SPF, moisturizers, the Holy Spirit, setting mist and so on and it was beginning to become too much. I realized that I didn’t need all the extra steps for my skincare routine. I recently realized I can’t use eye creams now because I had a pretty bad reaction to one. It may work for some people and it may not work for others. You honestly have to do what works for you but your skincare regimen shouldn’t be so complicated. Just try some things out and see what works for you.

So that is it for my skincare tips. What are some tips you follow when it comes to skincare? Comment below and let me know. See you guys tomorrow!

On A Personal Note…

It is that time of the year again….Allergy season and I am currently suffering. Funny thing about me is that every allergy medicine makes me drowsy, even if it is “daytime”, I still feel drowsy. I have to wait until I get off from work to take something because I would be asleep at my desk lol. I am with you if you are suffering through allergy season too.

I can’t believe my newsletter is launching next week, next Monday to be exact and I am low key freaking out! I am so happy that people subscribed to it and I want everyone to enjoy it. I wanted to be able to connect with my audience outside of social media because you never know what may happen. Remember when Instagram and Facebook went down last month.

I think it is important to have a way to reach and still connect with your followers. I was so scared to even do this newsletter. I started it sometime last year and stopped when I was in a funk about my blog. I wasn’t sure at the time if I was going to continue blogging but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. One of my goals this year is to be fearless and this was scary jumping into this. I am still tweeking a few things but the first issue is just about done. I am so excited about it and know it will be a success.

I have also been struggling with the direction of my platform. I know when I initially started, I was basically all over the place talking about everything. I felt like I was doing too much and just switched gears. I find myself wanting to broaden what I talk about but it is about my audience. I can’t just talk about whatever and expect people to keep coming back if it does not relate to them.

I know my main focus is the hair and I have been enjoying doing the hair demos and trying out different products. I know I stopped with the makeup tutorials and fashion posts, I’m not sure if I should bring those back every once in a while. My other focus is bringing awareness to Black Owned Businesses. I felt it was important to use my platform, as small as it is and support my community and culture. Black Owned Businesses really need our support and if I can help them gain some exposure or new customers, I feel like I have done my part. There are times I want to talk about motherhood and marriage but I know a lot of my audience does not have kids or is single. It seems hard when there are things you want to blog about but it doesn’t relate to your audience.

I know I will figure things out and get it together lol. I feel like I am doing well with keeping up with the goals I set for myself this month. I sometimes feel myself getting overwhelmed but I know how to take a step back and regroup. I am just looking forward to everything this year has to offer. See you guys tomorrow!

Is Self Care Needed More Than One Day A Week?

I’ll admit, I forget about myself often to the point where I am about to have a meltdown. I work in a pretty stressful environment full time, a full time working mom who hears “Mom” like a million times a day, a wife, side hustle with this Naturalle Drea and so much more. I am always working on something or doing something and it can just be so easy to forget to take care of myself. My mind is always running a million miles a minute trying to focus on work, keeping my household together, remembering to do something, filming and creating content. I am trying to practice more self care but should it be limited to just one day a week?

I see a lot of people dedicating one specific day to self care like #SelfCareSunday on Instagram. I don’t see anything wrong with that but what happens when you step in the door to work on Monday morning and that stress free feeling leaves? Everyone’s life is not the same, there are people who don’t have children or have high stress work environments but what about those who do? I feel you need more than one day of self care help.

I am still learning about what self care is but it is defined as the practice of taking action to preserve one’s own health. I know for a fact that being stressed out almost everyday is not good for your health. It really does take a toll on you and when you have those high stress environments, you really need some self care daily to help you unwind and relax.

Self Care can be so many things like treating yourself to a mani and pedi, a trip to Sephora, at home spa day and so much more. Self Care can also be things not beauty related like reading, journaling, exercising and etc. I try to start my day with some quiet time and prayer. It helps to put me in positive space before the day starts. If you are not religious or pray, you can meditate or sit in silence for a few minutes.

Hopefully there are more good than bad days but for those crazy stressful days, you may need a little more T.L.C. to help you destress. I like to unwind with some of my favorite shows. It helps me not think about the crazy day I had and I get caught up in a fictional world. I also enjoy a glass (maybe more than one) my favorite wine or some calming tea. I also write for 15 minutes a day(not everyday but I’ll say weekly lol) to help clear my head and get all those negative thoughts out. I am not so consistent everyday with everything but I at least do something self care related.

I just feel that self care shouldn’t be limited to just one day. Again, it may be different for some people that need only a day or others may need to practice self care daily. I am one of those who need some kind of daily self care. I just wanted to encourage you to try daily self care to see if it helps or improves your mood.

How do you practice self care? Is it once a week, daily or monthly? Comment below and let me know. Have a great weekend and see you guys Wednesday!

Netwerk To Networth Recap

It is just something about being in a room full of like-minded girl bosses that just motivates you to level up. This past weekend, I attended the Philly stop to the Netwerk to Networth tour.

This is the first year for this tour that is helping women connect on an authentic level and learn from each other. Netwerk to Networth was created by Personally Rachel Group and PR Girl Manifesto (which I later found out that this was two black girl bosses #blackgirlmagic).

The first day of the tour started with a happy hour. It was held at Marsh and Mane which is a Black Owned natural beauty supply store and lifestyle boutique. I was excited to be able to visit this store and even chatted with the owner for a bit. She started this business after being let go from her 9 to 5 and it seemed to work out.

I loved the atmosphere of the happy hour. It was intimate and relaxed. We had some drinks, light refreshments and even got to shop in the store! I was excited for the next day!

The next day started off with some mingling, breakfast and pictures ( I absolutely loved the selfie wall). I was excited to network with some amazing women and learn from them. I was happy that I came to the event with some of my friends because I usually go to these events by myself.

The event started off with the founders giving an introduction and thanking all of us for attending. They handed it off to the moderators who guided us through the day.

The first speaker is one the reasons why I purchased a ticket lol. Melissa Alam, creator of The Fearless Con (which I have attended and blogged about before) told us how to secure the sponsorship bag.

She gave us a lot of tips on how to be organized when pitching to companies, what your pitch deck should contain and how important it is to follow up. Your pitch or sponsorship deck (which you can make through Canva) should contain the following :

  • Cover Page
  • Your Story and Event Info
  • Audience Demographics
  • Package and Rates
  • Sponsorship Benefits
  • Contact Info

Next speaker had everyone in the room all in their feelings. We all had to stand up and find someone in the room you didn’t know and pair up with them. We had to make eye contact and repeat the affirmation to each other. I’ll admit I got a little emotional and vulnerable. Everyone felt closer and just all full of good vibes.

Delilah Dee, founder of Delilah & Company LLC and recent Philly Promotions Director of iHeart Radio reminded us about Community over Competition.

She reminded us that as women, we need to be more supportive of each other, be the cheerleader for your people and don’t withhold information that can help someone else. She stressed the importance of having people in your tribe that benefit you, support you and your aspirations and just there in your corner.

Next up was Kate Marlys of Philly PR Girl who told her story of accidental entrepreneurship.

Kate just started a PR blog and  throwing her own networking events and just followed the path that lead her to Philly PR Girl. I love how transparent Kate was about her journey and about starting a business. She stressed the importance of investing in yourself, never stop learning and everyone should have a LinkedIn profile.

The last speaker was Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media who taught us about being a fan of your brand and how non verbal communication plays a big part in business.

Rakia dropped a lot of knowledge on her experience starting her business and how to be truthful and authentic. She gave us tips on defining your brand, what its purpose is and some interesting facts about certain colors to wear like yellow and blue. She also stated that everyone should have a friendtor, which is like a mentor but gives you the real, real.

After all the speakers we had some lunch, drinks and did some more networking. I made sure to get around to as many people as I could and it just felt so easy talking to everyone.

All the speakers sat down for a panel of q&a. We talked about self care, when sliding in the DM is the last resort when trying to contact someone and proper etiquette if you have to send someone a DM and so much more useful information. I took in everything that was said and will be applying it.

We had a little bit of a happy hour after the event with a DJ and more drinks. It was another opportunity to network and talk with other women in attendance.

Overall, Netwerk To Networth was amazing. I enjoyed everything, met some dope, creative women, caught up with some friends and just had a great time. The tour is still going on and I highly recommend that you attend a stop if it is near you. You can check out the site here https://www.netwerktonetworth.com/home